Music lockers: Your MP3s in the cloud Amazon was one of the first services to offer uploading your MP3 collection into the cloud, but this was officially discontinued in 2018. Meanwhile, the Apple and Google services listed either allow you to combine your personal music collection with the streaming catalog, though tagging and organization can be a time-consuming challenge (your myriad live Phish tracks won't organize themselves). Still, if you've invested money in digital music over the years, those two services offer a patch to continue enjoying that music online. … [Read more...] about Best music streaming service for 2020: Spotify, Apple, Amazon and YouTube Music
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The trend is toward chaos and incoherence, but I'm swimming in the opposite direction, towards unity and deep mathematical structure. So many producers live their entire musical lives on the tiny, overcrowded island of 4/4 time, but I left it years ago, never to return. The ocean of the unknown is big enough for everyone, so hop in, the water’s fine. Join the polymeter revolution. My software may help you, and it’s free. Google “polymeter sequencer.” … [Read more...] about 20 Questions With Chris Korda: The Producer on the ‘Anesthesia’ of Dance Music & Why Humans Must Stop Breeding
Dark Side of the Moon in concert more than a year before the album was actually released.Dark Side of the Moon make it sound like a purely “studio” project, the band actually aired out all of the songs in concert – in the exact same sequence that they would appear on the album – more than a year before the album’s official release. The band premiered Dark Side of the Moon: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics (as it was provisionally known at the time) at the Brighton Dome on January 20th, 1972; and though it was inadvertently cut short that night by what Waters called “severe mechanical and electric horror,” the band went on to perform the song cycle in its entirety in during the rest of their 1972 live dates, further refining the songs (and the transitions between them) as they went. The band would eventually record all 10 of the album’s songs onto the same reel of 16-track master tape at Abbey Road, an unusual approach that nonetheless … [Read more...] about Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know
Everyone agrees that the concept for Dark Side developed at a meeting in Mason’s house in 1971, though some details get fuzzy. Waters recalled coming up with the idea of writing a cohesive set of songs about the pressures of life as the musicians knew it; Mason thinks the idea was developed collectively. In any case, Waters took notes as the band members developed lyrical topics for the album, centered around sources of stress. They assembled a compendium of bummers: mortality, travel, money, madness. It was Waters’ first album as sole lyricist, and the job was his from then on. “I never rated myself terribly highly in the lyrics department,” says Gilmour, “and Roger wanted to do it. I think it was a sense of relief that he was willing to do that. At the same time, him being the lyricist and more of the driving force didn’t ever mean that he ought to be in full charge of the direction of the musical side of things. So we’ve always had a little … [Read more...] about Pink Floyd: Journey to the Dark Side
Elizabeth Bernholz, who records gloriously unsettling electronic music as Gazelle Twin, also thinks we need to emphasise the UK’s diversity if we’re to begin the healing process: she suggests a huge choir made up of thousands of different voices from across the UK: “It could be a big performance or maybe a digital choir using technological innovation. But I think voices are probably the key element in uniting people. All the big events are backed by big anthems and choruses people can sing along to.” Her 2018 album Pastoral looked into the national condition, although as she admits it was “about all the worst aspects of English identity”. She’s worried that rather than focusing on dynamic, young artists, organisers will end up simply choosing the “whitest, straightest, wealthiest organisations to do flag-waving stuff”. … [Read more...] about Let the healing begin: how can the Festival of Brexit unite Britain?